The Watering Hole, Tuesday, February 24, 2015: Environmental News

Today’s post is a re-hash of old news, updated to make us realize that we are approaching a Easter Island scenario with respect to our planet (for those who forgot, archeologists determined that human inhabitants destroyed all the trees on the island, basically making it impossible to have fuel for warmth and cooking.). Messing with the food chain in the oceans brings uninhabitable to a whole new scale.

Plastic in the oceans.

“It’s equal to five grocery bags per every foot of coastline around the globe, says new study.”

Micro plastic particles have been shown to disrupt the lowest forms in the oceanic food chain. Collapse of this life giving resource may be only 10 or 15 years away.

Destroying the food chain is progress?

And if plastics weren’t bad enough, consider acidification of the oceans.

Acid plying havoc with shellfish.


Open thread.


43 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Tuesday, February 24, 2015: Environmental News

  1. Human are, very, slow, learners! No trees, no shade, no fuel, no clean air!
    No Condors, no T.Vs (turkey vultures), etc. we’d be up to our eyeballs in carrion.
    No Kites, Kestrels, hawks, falcons, etc. we’d be over populated with pigeons and a ground full of rodents!
    It is important to keep the food chain linked!

  2. From Neotropical Birds.
    Bird of the Day! Dusky Tapaculo, or Churrín (Scytalopus fuscus) by José Cañas Aves: The Dusky Tapaculo is a species that is mostly endemic to Chile, though there are some old records from Mendoza, Argentina ascribed to this species.

  3. Rev. Al To Lose MSNBC Show

    Sharpton is not alone in being on the hot seat. It is also being reported that popular hosts Ed Schultz, Chris Hayes, and Lawrence O’Donnell could also be gone in the network’s reshuffling of their lineup. Joy Reid’s and Ronan Farrow’s shows have already been cancelled in what may turn out to be a complete overhaul when everything is said and done.

    That’s it for me. I’ll never turn on (or stream) NBC again, or any other “News” channel for that matter. If I want to study fascist propaganda, I’ll google Herr Dr. Goebbels.

  4. Holy Mother of FSM…

    Nevada Lawmaker Says Cancer Is A Fungus, Recommends Simply Washing It Out

    Fiore, who is also CEO of a healthcare company, told listeners to her weekly radio show on Saturday, that she will soon introduce a “terminally ill bill,” to allow more non-FDA-approved treatments for those diagnosed as having terminal illnesses.
    As first reported by Jon Ralston, Fiore told listeners: “If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing, let’s say, salt water, sodium cardonate [sic], through that line, and flushing out the fungus…

  5. You might wanna sit down for this, but Keith Olbermann has been suspended from ESPN for comments he made on air.

  6. QOTD:

    “I’m still trying to decipher if this is God’s calling. You’ve got to be crazy to want to be president of the United States. You’ve got to be crazy. To look at what it does to a person and a family, you’ve got to be crazy. But you should only do it if you feel that God’s called you to get in there and make a difference.” — Gov. Scott Walker

    But in Obama’s case, it was ‘Allah’s calling’, amirite?

      • DOJ, damn it you couldn’t find enough evidence this racist committed the hate crime of murdering a young black man? Somehow I can’t believe that.

        George will be in prison one day – he can’t control that temper of his.


    In which 2 weeks *before* Putin toady and last President of Ukraine allegedly caused 100 of his countrymen shot in the streets in cold blood and then legged it to Russia to escape justice, Russia had *already* decided to invade and occupy Crimea and the East of the country,

    And the scary thing …. apparently Putin will not stop where he is per this plan – he does intend to conquer all the way to Odessa and Kharkov….. that’s about 40% of the country…. right now he has less than 5%.

    It is not a separatist movement, its a Russian invasion, end-of-story, finito Benito (no historical reference unintended)

  8. This piece of used gum on a shoe has the audacity to say:

    “Ferret! Pelosi!” the former New York police officer and detective repeated.

    “Did they let her out of her cage yet?” he continued. “I haven’t seen her anywhere!”

  9. clASS act:

    Ron Paul: Congressional Black Caucus Is Anti-War Because They Want the Money for Food Stamps

      • Billy is stuck in the web. Hopefully, the spider will devour him!

        Oh what a tangled web we weave,
        When first we practise to deceive!

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